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The David Fitchett Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates entrepreneurs that exude the EO Core Values. Named after David Fitchett; cofounder of Carolina Glass & Mirror and dedicated Entrepreneurs' Organization member who passed away on October 23, 2015 after a hard fought battle with ALS the award; the award is an annual designation recognizing one alumni or current member of YEO/EO who stands out amongst their peers.

The David Fitchett Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner will be announced at the EO Raleigh-Durham holiday party on February 2, 2018.

A Call For Nominations

Who is the current or alumni YEO/EO that you feel most epiomize the EO values?

  • Boldly Go! - Bet on your own abilities
  • Thirst for Learning - Be a student of opportunity
  • Make a Mark - Leave a legacy
  • Trust and Respect - Build a safe haven for learning and growth
  • Cool - Create, seek out and celebrate once-in-a-lifetime experiences 
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Award Criteria

The criteria for the award are simple, David lived his life by the EO Cove Values, these values are what the selection committee are looking for:

  • Trust and Respect - In business, as in life, integrity is everything. Within our organization integrity goes deeper than just the game rules— it is our code of conduct. Confidence, respect and inclusiveness are imperatives. Non-judgment and non-solicitation are non-negotiable. What have you done this year to show the value of trust and respect? 
  • Thirst for Learning - Our most valuable asset is wisdom gained through our appetite for knowledge and the transformational experiences that we share with our peers. A thirst for learning leads to an open mind, and an open mind leads to greater opportunity. What educational opportunities have you completed this year and how did you pass that along to others? 
  • Boldly Go! - This is what we’ve done all our lives. It’s what allows us to grow and take risks. It inspires us to never give up, celebrating failures as well as successes. It’s an innate instinct born out of courage, creativity and eternal optimism. What was your biggest success and failure this year? What did you learn from both? 
  • Make a Mark - We are not afraid to challenge convention. We are in control of our destiny, and with that comes a great responsibility. To build value. To make a difference. To leave a legacy. We are willing to put in the effort to transform any experience into a positive one for all. At the end of the day, what mark have you made on the people around you? 
  • Cool - Cool defines our approach, our attitude and our experiences. As we carve our own path, we are reinventing the experience of what it means to be an entrepreneur. We are vibrant and progressive. We commit to forward thinking. We commit to innovation. We commit to cool. What reinventing life have you made this year? How will you continue to carve out your own path?


Selection Committee

The Permanent selection Committee will be David’s wife Lisa Fitchett, the Co-Founder of the Raleigh Entrepreneur Organization Mike Malone, two members of David's forum, Randy Nelson and Greg Ferguson, who were also long-time board members of the Raleigh EO and the current EO President and one other current EO member.

David Fitchett

David Fitchett passed away on October 23, 2015 after a hard fought battle with ALS. He lived his life true to himself, true to his family and true to those around him. Those that had the privilege of knowing Dave would tell you that he was an incredibly reflective person. He would sit, listen and take in everything before formulating the perfect response to any situation…in both his work life and his personal life.

David was a 1981 graduate of Dunn High School and a 1985 graduate of North Carolina State University. He was a devoted and lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Dunn where he served as a member of the session, various committees, worked with the youth, and enjoyed his Sunday school class fellowship and their shared love for music. David also enjoyed working with Scouting Troop #711 and the other leaders. However, all of that pales in comparison to the love and devotion Dave had for his wife Lisa and their children, Austin and Katherine.  Family always came first. 

In 1993 David co-founded and served as President of Carolina Glass & Mirror, Inc. in Raleigh NC. He thought of the staff as so much more than the people who do the day to day tasks that help the company run. He thought of them as family and treated them that way.

Dave knew, as all true leaders do, you have to surround yourself with "good people," You have to be able to depend on the business advice of other business leaders. With that Dave joined the Young Entrepreneurs Organization of Raleigh-Durham (YEO). He was actually one of the first members to join the organization and quickly went from member to board member. Overtime the YEO change and grew into something that the original members could only hope for. Th   e YEO, now known as the Entrepreneurs Organization of Raleigh-Durham or EO continues to be a true success in helping the future of Raleigh –Durham continue to thrive. 

David Fitchett passed away of ALS at the age of 53.  He will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on.